A summer of

Summertime is made for family time. But before your enthusiasm and energy starts to wane with every whinge and whine, organise a jam-packed calendar bursting with memories thanks to a little help from Barnsley Museums.

With five unique attractions to discover, there is something to keep visitors big and small entertained throughout the school holidays. From story-telling bears to brick building, woodland parks to painting masterpieces, get hands-on with history and delve into the many exhibitions and activities being hosted by Barnsley Museums.

Have a bear-y special time at Cooper Gallery

Go on a teddy bear adventure as the Cooper Gallery opens its doors to some Very Important Bears from children’s literature. Can you find Hugless Douglas, the Bear Under the Stairs and even Winnie-the-Pooh?

As part of the Bears! exhibition by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, which is on throughout the summer, there are a number of cl-awsome activities taking place to get children excited in the bear-illiant world of books.

Head up to the Sadler room which has been transformed into a magical glade; the perfect place to hibernate for story telling sessions every Thursday and Friday.

painting at Cannon Hall

Master the art of Dutch

Known for its excellent collection of paintings, ceramics and glassware, Cannon Hall is proving there’s no Dutch thing as too much art as it opens a gallery of the golden kind with A Dutch Golden Age: Painters, Places and People in the 17th Century.

Through a wealth of celebrated paintings, see the detailed realism of renowned Dutch masters, with pieces from York Art Gallery, Museums Sheffield and the National Gallery along with 21 paintings from Cannon Hall’s own collection. During the 17th Century in the Netherlands, millions of pictures were painted with exceptional technical quality by names such as Rembrandt,

Step in to the story and bring your favourite books to life with performances each Thursday during the holidays. Or be inspired by the many illustrations by designing musical pictures and interactive soundscapes each Friday. If you’ve left your cuddly companion at home, don’t des-bear – make your own with the help of puppet maker, Amy Hirst, on Saturday 11th August. Younger guests can create a bear puppet from paper and fabric, while older bear-lovers can get stuck in to craft a table-top puppet with moving parts using 3D construction. And how rude of us – we can’t forget one VIB’s big birthday now, can we? As Paddington celebrates 60 years, get potting some old wellies on Saturday 18th August with horticulturist, Emily Gratton Rayson. Marmalade sandwich, anyone?

Vermeer, Steen and Hals, all of whom’s work can be seen in the exhibition.

Be inspired by the seascapes, landscapes, portraits and still life on show as you get the chance to create your own works of art. Help form a larger-than-life lobster on Saturday 4th and Monday 6th August; create a sketchbook to take home on Monday 13th and Saturday 18th August; or jump into the wooden shoes of Rembrandt and co to paint your own masterpiece on Fridays 17th and 24th August. Every Wednesday in August there will also be Golden Tales story sessions to explore the inspiration behind the exhibition. If your hands and heart lie in mixing cakes rather than paints, join in with cookery demonstrations by the cook in the Victorian Kitchens. Learn about its history within the hall and learn new baking skills such as bread, pastry, gingerbread and biscuit decorating.

Build a picture of Barnsley’s past at

Experience Barnsley As you travel around South Yorkshire, stop to look at the many bricks making up our glorious towns. Did you know some were made right here in Barnsley? To celebrate Barnsley’s forgotten industry, the Barnsley Brick Project explores the history of the brickworks with an exhibition by artist Patrick Murphy who has created contemporary ‘art’ bricks to depict life in the 21st century.

Hands up whose children love building with Lego? Then they’ll love the Big Barnsley Lego Build on Saturday 28th July where they can get stuck in to the endless piles of these tiny bricks and help build a model town with Barnsley landmarks. Every Monday and Wednesday in the holidays, they can also try free Lego challenges inspired by the Barnsley Brick Project.

Get Building Barnsley’s future by making your own printmaking blocks to design buildings you’d love to see on Wednesday 1st August. Or paint and fire your own ceramic bricks on Wednesday 15th August for Patrick to use in his upcoming installation.

Mill around in the great

outdoors at Worsbrough Mill

If you’re after a little fresh air this summer, why not take a trip to Worsbrough Mill and explore the extensive country park.

During the school holidays, collect an Outdoor Art Sparks activity set from the mill and go on a nature-inspired treasure hunt to discover the many sights and sounds around it.

With all of this and more, visit the Barnsley Museums website for more information. 31


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